Mariah, by Che Husna Ashari

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Mariah by Che Husna Azhari

Introduction Mariah is a short story written by Che Husna Azhari who is a prominent Malaysian writer of literature. She received a degree from Tunku Khurshiah College, Seramban in 1973, and her A Levels from Oxford College of Further Education in 1975. In 1979, she received a degree from Brunel University of West London in Polymer Technology. In 1985, Che Husna was awarded a PhD in Response Engineering from Brunel University of West London. Che Husna is a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, specializing in non-metallic materials processing. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Corporate Planning and Communications at that university.
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In this story, issue of polygamy is not a big issue. However, the issue of polygamy is important in this story when it is about Cik Yam decision, whether she want to give permission or not to let the polygamy between herself and Mariah.

Character Mariah A beautiful widow Usually wears Baju Kebaya Sells Nasi Berlauk in Molo Admired by men in her village

Pak Imam A pious man Respected by all people in the village Husband of Cik Yam Friend of Che Gu Leh Fell in love with Mariah

Cik Yam Wife of Pak Imam Characterized as perfect wife based on the sentence “The Imam looked at his wife with obvious pride. There was not a living man in Molo who did not envy him for having such a devoted wife.” Barren according to Pak Imam “Why couldn’t his wife bear children like other women? Some women, it seemed, have the fecundity of rabbits, but not his wife.”

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Very devoted and loyal to Pak Imam A former politician.

Plot The story begins with the exposition of the main character who is Mariah as the beautiful Nasi berlauk seller. It describes how Mariah’s beautiful figure appears as she walks as in “all eyes were transfixed on a figure coming through the entrance. It was the figure of a woman. She was delicately balancing two huge basins on her head, her hips swaying gaily to and fro with the rhythm of the balancing. That particular

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